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Simple, Practical, and Common - 32798 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #1279 / 7244
  • Number of attempts: 13
Swap values - 4415 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #300 / 1236
  • Number of attempts: 7
One number per line - 18318 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #954 / 3774
  • Number of attempts: 10
Swap values inside brackets - 2423 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #62 / 558
  • Number of attempts: 5
Unsemantic linewrapping - 821 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #53 / 205
  • Number of attempts: 3
V to the i - 4621 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #1402 / 1849
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 2720 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #397 / 809
  • Number of attempts: 2
Refactor typescript arrow function type - 278 entries

Make arrow function type less verbose and easier to read

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #4 / 62
  • Number of attempts: 7
Add string initializers to an enum - 737 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #33 / 220
  • Number of attempts: 8
SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case - 1089 entries

Convert strings in SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE to Title Case. Examples: EMPLOYEE_NAME -> Employee Name REVENUE_YEAR_TO_DATE -> Revenue Year To Date SALARY -> Salary

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #75 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 10475 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #270 / 2970
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 1906 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #128 / 486
  • Number of attempts: 6
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3439 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #665 / 1114
  • Number of attempts: 5
Com(m)a Trouble - 3321 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #78 / 748
  • Number of attempts: 7
Box it - 7667 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #220 / 1831
  • Number of attempts: 7
Cool or not? - 748 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #106 / 214
  • Number of attempts: 2
multiple cursor alternative - 1441 entries

from: https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/comments/6w5pfa/crosspost_from_remacs_how_would_you_do_this_in_vim/

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #51 / 368
  • Number of attempts: 5
html paragraph to table - 583 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 48
  • Best player score: 58
  • Position: #64 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
From argument to object - 1258 entries

This task typifies those programmers endure while coding. This C-family pseudocode needs a function argument to be repurposed as an object call. Simply search and replace? Repeat a pattern of edits?

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #299 / 416
  • Number of attempts: 4
Two pairs of cluster of letters creates word - 706 entries

Clean and group.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #43 / 165
  • Number of attempts: 5
Every other line - 2802 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #347 / 681
  • Number of attempts: 7
Copy three lines - 2778 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #264 / 621
  • Number of attempts: 4
Number Sort - 283 entries

sort the list of newline-separated numbers incrementally. Numbers are in the range 1 to 1000, with 500 missing

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #7 / 151
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 11092 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 7
  • Position: #1094 / 4096
  • Number of attempts: 5
Team names - 1767 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #140 / 566
  • Number of attempts: 5
Learn some german verbs - 495 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #10 / 123
  • Number of attempts: 4
Basic renumbering - 5419 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #113 / 1222
  • Number of attempts: 11
ninja substitution - 1278 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #105 / 245
  • Number of attempts: 9
Vice versa - 7480 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #508 / 2028
  • Number of attempts: 6
One to Ten - 2078 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #212 / 637
  • Number of attempts: 2
Line under headers - 1897 entries

Put a line under each header, and remove the other markdown formatting.

  • Best score: 24
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #125 / 467
  • Number of attempts: 7
Increment each number - 946 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #43 / 233
  • Number of attempts: 9
Put the months in order - 915 entries

Our contractor thought that months should be in alphabetical order. Put them in calendar order please.

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #10 / 155
  • Number of attempts: 14
Reorder the groups - 1095 entries

Change the order so that the groups of fruit come before the vegetables.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #58 / 249
  • Number of attempts: 9
Array transposition - 2286 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #106 / 428
  • Number of attempts: 6
Collect List - 4168 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #363 / 1163
  • Number of attempts: 6
I forgot quotes - 15687 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #739 / 4103
  • Number of attempts: 9
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10519 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #1449 / 3631
  • Number of attempts: 4
Words in parens - 12694 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #862 / 3907
  • Number of attempts: 6
Simple text editing with Vim - 11495 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #608 / 3373
  • Number of attempts: 6
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5889 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 41
  • Position: #835 / 1456
  • Number of attempts: 3
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